Within the framework of an agreement of cooperation between the Directorate General of Antiquities of Piedmont and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), Laura Hawkins and Bertrand Lafont were given direct access to the full cuneiform collection kept in the Museo di Antichità di Torino (MAT), consisting of approximately 800 tablets. With the support of the Director of the Museum, Gabriella Pantò, and her staff, and with the kind assistance of Giovanni Bergamini, former keeper of the collection, and of Matilde Borla, coordinator at the General Directorate in Turin, Hawkins and Lafont proceeded to scan the collection in September of 2011, following procedures discussed in the methods pages of the CDLI. The MAT and the CDLI are pleased to present in the following pages the results of this collaboration that are part of a larger online project documenting all accessible cuneiform collections in public and private hands in Italy.


Introduction to the collection
MAT homepage


All MAT inscriptions sorted by museum number

All MAT inscriptions sorted by publication

Tablets by period:

   Early Dynastic IIIb (ca. 2500-2350 BC)
   Old Akkadian (ca. 2350-2200 BC)
   Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
   Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC)
   Neo-Assyrian period (ca. 911-612 BC)
   Neo-Babylonian (ca. 626-539 BC)

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The cuneiform tablet to the right (MAT 161) contains a receipt for 1 fattened sheep, booked on the 9th day of the 12th month of Amar-Suen’s 6th regnal year (ca. 2040 BC). The large journal into which this receipt was transferred, now housed in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is represented in the background (click on the image to be directed to the corresponding CDLI pages of the two texts).

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